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Roundtable: Stakeholder priorities for a forward-looking WTO agenda on environmental sustainability and trade

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Online event | Zoom Link

The Geneva Trade Platform, UNEP Environment and Trade Hub, the Global Governance Centre, and Chatham House Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy are pleased to invite you to this event alongside the WTO’s Trade and Environment Week.

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As governments grapple with Covid-19 responses and recovery, how can international trade cooperation help drive the economic transformation — and just transition — needed to address urgent environmental crises and risks, achieve the world’s environmental goals, and foster economic resilience?  How can we harness multilateral cooperation on trade and trade policy to advance more environmentally sustainable production and consumption?

During the WTO Trade and Environment Week, a diverse group of WTO Members will present a statement on Trade and Environmental Sustainability, launching open, structured discussions that aim to provide an opportunity for governments and stakeholders alike to re-engage and deepen action-oriented dialogue.

In response, this roundtable will draw together a diversity of stakeholders to respond to the statement and share their views on priorities and options for a  proactive, inclusive and forward-looking WTO agenda on environmental sustainability and trade that helps advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Experts from a sample of the many IGOs, NGOs, business organisations and research centres from both developed and developing countries keen to contribute to this conversation will make a concise 3-minute intervention responding to three questions:

-What are 3 key environmental sustainability priorities for the multilateral trade agenda?
-How can these be addressed in ways that reflect the wider sustainable development goals and development priorities of developing countries and countries in transition?
-What concrete policy options could advance progress and what will be required politically to make progress?

As no short event can hope to capture the full range of views and perspectives on the many topics, opportunities and challenges at hand, the event will be accompanied by a dedicated discussion space on the Geneva Trade Platform’s online network BTN, through which all those joining the event can share views and exchange resources.






  • Anja von Moltke, Head, Environment & Trade Hub, UNEP


  • Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Senior Researcher, Graduate Institute and Associate Fellow, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy, Chatham House

Introduction to the Statement on Environmental Sustainability and Trade 

  • Carlos Vanderloo, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Canada to the WTO


  • Vanessa Erogbogbo, Chief, Sustainable and Inclusive Value Chains, International Trade Centre

  • David Vivas Eugui, Legal Officer, Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

  • Lily Sommer, Trade Policy Expert, African Trade Policy Centre, Regional Integration & Trade Division, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

  • Elisabeth Tuerk, Director, Economic Cooperation & Trade, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

  • Mia Mikic, Director, Trade, Investment, and Innovation Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

  • Johan Mulder, Chief, International Trade Unit, International Trade and Integration Division, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC)

  • Shardul Agrawala, Head, Environment and Economic Integration Division, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

  • Crispin Conroy, Representative Director, International Chamber of Commerce, Geneva

  • Posh Pandey, Chairman, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE)

  • Åsa Persson, Research Director and Deputy Director, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

  • Angela Francis, Chief Advisor, Economics and Economic Development, WWF-UK

  • Vera Thorensten, Head, Center on Global Trade and Investment, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV)

  • Manuel Ruiz, Legal Advisor, Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA)

  • Céline Charveriat, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

  • Rashid Kaukab, Executive Director, CUTS International Geneva

  • Geneviève Pons, Director-General, Europe - Jacques Delors

  • Vicente Yu, Senior Legal Advisor, Third World Network

  • Jan Yves Remy, Deputy Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services University of West Indies

  • Aditi Sara Verghese, Policy Lead, International Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum

  • Mohamed Abdisalam, Head of Environment Sustainability, African Union Development Agency  -  NEPAD

Closing remarks 

  • Anja von Moltke, Head, Environment & Trade Hub, UNEP